Quality Management for Bundeswehr Contracts
Bundeswehr quality management ensures the quality of the equipment. It is based on the NATO quality assurance requirements, the Allied Quality Assurance Publications (AQAP), and specifies the requirements that Bundeswehr contractors need to comply with.
Requirements To Be Met By Contractors
BAAINBw is the central government agency procuring equipment in line with Bundeswehr needs and requirements. At the same time, it is also responsible for the quality of the equipment. In order to assure the quality of the supplies and services ordered, the Bundeswehr is placing specific demands on a comprehensive quality management process to be implemented by contractors.
In its contracts with contractors, BAAINBw specifies these quality assurance requirements in detail. They serve as clearly defined working principles and exact guidelines for cooperation both for the service provider and BAAINBw as the customer. The contracts also include NATO requirements as contract elements. This allows the Bundeswehr to ensure that the systems and the technology of the armed forces in the Transatlantic Alliance are fully interoperable.
How Does the Bundeswehr Perform Quality Management?
Within the scope of managing the quality of Bundeswehr orders, BAAINBw contractually agrees with its contractors on a regular basis that they shall apply all necessary elements of the quality management system to the subjects of their contracts. This includes above all the persons, assets, procedures and processes involved.
Furthermore, the Bundeswehr also obliges its contractors to maintain a quality management system which fulfills the necessary quality planning, quality guidance, quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement activities for the respective contractual item in compliance with the contractually agreed quality assurance requirements.
How does the Bundeswehr control quality management?
Depending on the quality risks identified against the backdrop of the stated quality requirements, both quality assurance requirements and the right to government quality assurance with the contractor performed by the customer, i.e. the government, (quality control in accordance with § 12 of the Conditions Concerning Contracts for Supplies and Services, Part B - VOL/B) are agreed in the contracts.
As a general rule, the regional office of the BAAINBw Technical Quality Management Center which is responsible for the respective contractor performs the government quality assurance inspection (quality control) on site. This does not release the contractor from his responsibility of fulfilling the contractual obligations, however. In particular, the government quality assurance process is no substitute for the acceptance of the contractual item by the customer (see § 12 (1) sentence 2 of VOL/B).
Brochure on Quality Assurance in the Context of Bundeswehr Orders
The Federation of German Security and Defence Industries (BDSV) provides a brochure on the topic of “quality assurance in the context of Bundeswehr procurement and development contracts” on its website.
The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) was also prominently involved in drafting this brochure.
Quality Assurance in the Area of Medicinal Products and Medical Devices
In this section, you find a list of documents related to government quality assurance for medicinal products and medical devices which the Bundeswehr as a public customer may contractually agree with its contractors.
Contractors, the customer’s employees as well as interested readers may download the documents provided below.